November NPD: Nintendo Dominates Hardware, Microsoft Cleans Up Software


Posted December 11, 2008 - By Brian Leahy

The November NPD numbers we've all been waiting for are out and the numbers are pretty staggering. Remember, these include Black Friday sales and are numbers for the United States only.

For hardware, Nintendo absolutely destroyed the competition selling:

  • Nintendo Wii: 2.04 Million
  • Nintendo DS: 1.57 Million

Under that was:

  • Microsoft Xbox 360: 836,000
  • Sony PSP: 421,000
  • Sony PlayStation 3: 378,000
  • Sony PlayStation 2: 206,000

Across all three of their platforms, Sony outsold the Xbox 360, but the direct competition between the PS3 and 360 resulted in a definite win for Microsoft. All of this pales in comparison to the Wii, which sold more units than the Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, and PS2... combined. The DS continues to print money for Nintendo.

Hit the break for the software numbers.

While Nintendo may have cleaned up on the hardware side of the fence, Microsoft continues to dominate on the software side.

Looking at the just the Top 10:

  1. Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360) - 1.56 million
  2. Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360) - 1.41 million
  3. Wii Play (Wii) - 796,000
  4. Wii Fit (Wii) - 697,000
  5. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 637,000
  6. Call of Duty: World at War (PS3) - 597,000
  7. Guitar Hero World Tour (Wii) - 475,0000
  8. Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360) - 410,000
  9. Resistance 2 (PS3) - 385,000
  10. Wii Music (Wii) - 297,000

Gears of War 2 takes the number one spot as expected, but Epic's franchise isn't quite a Halo for Microsoft just yet. Call of Duty: World at War sold more than double on the Xbox 360 vs. the PS3 continuing the trend of multiplatform games selling more on the Xbox 360.

Resistance 2 managed to make the top 10, but chances are Sony isn't too happy about its performance. Many fans were hoping that sales for of LittleBigPlanet and SOCOM to pick up in November as they were only available for a short time in October, but obviously not enough to break into the top 10.

Fallout 3 also seems to have run its course, at least on consoles. That's not to say that it didn't sell well, it did, but the sales have dropped off with gamers favoring new titles in November. Mirror's Edge is also absent from the top 10, which doesn't bode well for EA. The game received a lot of marketing and DICE was hoping to score big with their unique game.

Sales for Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour (on Xbox 360 and PS3) also seemed to have slowed with neither franchise breaking into the top 10 on Microsoft or Sony's platforms.

Another notable title missing in action is Activision's James Bond 007 in Quantum of Solace, which I would have expected to sell well along with the film release. Midway's Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe also failed to perform, which probably isn't helping Midway escape bankruptcy.

Additionally, 3rd party publishers probably aren't too happy with the Wii right now as Guitar Hero World Tour (Wii) was the only non-Nintendo published Wii game to hit the top 10 for November. Could we be seeing another GameCube in the making? A system where only Nintendo's games seem to sell?

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November NPD: Nintendo Dominates Hardware, Microsoft Cleans Up Software


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